Mike Michaud Makes Gubernatorial Bid Official, Hits The Ground Running

Posted on August 20, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

U.S. Representative Mike Michaud announced his candidacy for Governor at a press conference held at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Thursday. Michaud, a proponent of Maine made products, holds a pair of New Balance shoes. Morning Sentinel Staff photo by John Ewing

U.S. Representative Mike Michaud announced his candidacy for Governor at a press conference held at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Thursday. Michaud, a proponent of Maine made products, holds a pair of New Balance shoes.
Morning Sentinel Staff photo by John Ewing

In what was an expected move, five term Congressman Mike Michaud formally announced his intentions to run for Governor of Maine last week. He chose Lewiston, long a stronghold of his and birthplace of Paul LePage, as the site of his announcement and immediately drew attention to his Republican rival’s long history of national attention grabbing, negative comments as he promised to restore dignity to the state.

    “The tone in Augusta has turned into endless strings of angry rants and partisan, personal attacks,” Michaud said. “It’s a shame and an embarrassment but it’s not the way we do things here in Maine. That’s not the Maine that I know. It’s not the Maine that we all love.”

    “A path that honors the hard work of Mainers who get up every day and punch the clock. Who fishes our seas, who builds our ships, who waits on tables, teaches our kids and cares for our elderly . . . who grows our food, who repairs our streets, who builds our houses. That’s who I’m here to fight for.”

    “We are at a crossroads. Personal and political attacks are standing in the way of progress. Our state has become a punch line on late night TV. An abrasive ‘my way or the highway’ agenda alienates and divides our people. There are too many folks who are hurting.”

Michaud showed his supporters his newly acquired, custom made New Balance campaign shoes- and then spent the next few days canvassing much of the state with stops Friday in his hometown of Millinocket (a meet-and-greet at the New England Outdoor Center) and even speaking with Republicans at Scarborough’s Summerfest that evening, kicking off a Portland Democratic canvas early Saturday morning before a 10 am rally for Sagadahoc Dem’s Eloise Vitelli (Senate District 19 candidate) in Bath.

Troy Jackson, Mike Michaud and Eloise Vitelli at Neighbor Helping Neighbor festival, benefitting the Bath Area Food Bank, at Library Park in Bath.

Troy Jackson, Mike Michaud and Eloise Vitelli at Neighbor Helping Neighbor festival, benefitting the Bath Area Food Bank, at Library Park in Bath.

From Bath, Mike and Maine’s new Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson, who is currently considering a run for Michaud’s 2CD open seat and expected to formally announce soon himself, traveled to host the Hancock County Dems’ Great Democracy Auction fundraiser with fellow Dems and 2CD hopefuls State Senator Emily Cain and Bangor City Councillor Joe Baldacci- but first, Mike had a few more stops at the Lincoln County Democrats Lobster Bake in Walpole and in Owls Head, for the Knox County Democrats summer Lobster Bake.

Sunday, Mike and NH Governor Maggie Hassan were at the Maine Democratic Party’s lobster bake in Freeport, then Monday he cheerfully manned the phones in Portland, calling supporters and ending the day with an interview of WCSH’s “207”.

He spoke of his experiences in the Legislature and of how he intends to work with members of both parties, as well as laid out his plans and focuses as Governor.

Where will Mike Michaud appear next? Who knows- but from what is being witnessed so far, one can expect this will be an energetic, high profile and statewide campaign.

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